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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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Dennis Donahue 5K results 9.12

Written by David Green.

Uncommon success.

That’s the only way to describe the result of this year’s Dennis Donahue Memorial “Trot for a Track” run/walk in Lyons Aug. 26.

This year’s $32,000 profit was unusual, explained organizer Karen Donahue, because of a sizable private donation, although she wouldn’t mind at all if that became commonplace every year.

Last month’s run was only the second year of the annual event. The initial effort brought in $25,000 to help pay for the new running track at Evergreen High School.

The track was dedicated Friday at Evergreen’s home football opener and is open for public use. That helps meet another focus of the project—promoting a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Organizers of the run have committed to providing $25,000 a year to pay for the new track, bleachers and concession stand.

Karen Donahue was delighted with the results of this year’s run.

“It’s excellent for a small town,” she said.

Among the 500 participants, 320 took part in the 5K run. The top three male runners were Billy Neri of Riga (17:26), Benjamin Mack (18:54) and Zach Phillips of Morenci (19:07).

The top female runners were Janell Toth (21:37), Melanie Brock of Swanton (22:18) and Karen Donahue of Lyons (22:32).

Participants ranged from age three to 79. Those who completed the 5K ranged from four to 72.

10 and under: Bailey Double, 29:06
Courtney Boger, 30:32
Nicole Butson, 31:25
11-14: Rachel Audet, 22:46
Marissa Callicotte, 23:48
Madison Shindorf, 25:46
15-19: Melanie Brock, 22:18
Ashley Whitehead, 23:52
Kelly Johnston, 24:06
20-24: Heidi Keller, 24:03
Carrie Radel, 25:51
Sara Whitehead, 31:53
Trisha Langenderfer, 24:45
Jerren Case, 26:16
Kate Arnold, 29:17
30-34: Janell Toth, 21:37
Kassandra Dominique, 23:14
Heather Fee, 26:26
35-39: Ryndell Bzovi, 25:05
Peggie Haywood, 27:03
Amy Hudik, 28:06
40-44: Karen Donahue, 22:32
Angie Vanostrand, 24:31
Kathy Zumfelde, 26:46
45-49: Sharon Rodriguez, 28:41
Laurie Liebich, 29:58
Beth Vollmar, 31:06
50-54: Debbie May, 34:15
Michelle Schmitz, 46:45
Jo Gleckler, 48:03
55-59: Diana Box, 36:24
Linda Dusseau, 42:04
Shirley Vandesande, 46:57
60-64: Karen Vollmar, 48:32
65 and over: Theresa Marvin, 41:29
Jan Crawford, 48:23
Ruth Hutchison

10 and under: Daniel Hilton, 25:07
Jacob Reynolds, 27:38
Carter Bzovi, 27:40
11-14: Michael Becker, 20:08
Ben Cleland, 22:41
Derek Truckor, 23:03
15-19: Billy Neri, 17:26
Benjamin Mack, 18:54
Zach Phillips, 19:07
20-24: Matthew Fether, 20:26
Christopher Holt, 21:33
Mark Rupp, 21:34
25-29: Joe Allen, 20:47
Alan Albright, 50:14
30-34: Keith Leatherman, 20:38
Greg Wyse, 33:00
Phil Henricks, 48:57
35-39: Tom Vernot, 19:22
Matt Bowers, 19:35
Brian Duncan, 21:32
40-44: John Dominique, 20:55
Don Brighton, 22:56
Dane Vollmar, 23:37
45-49: Dave Eicher, 22:04
Tim McCormick, 23:33
William Swanson, 26:29
50-54: Terry Kotalik, 21:01
Mike Williams, 21:32
Curtis Fether, 26:56
55-59: Gary Valentine, 20:45
Tom Striggow, 21:22
Harry Ausderan, 23:19
60-64: David Koelsch, 22:35
65 and over: Bernie Marvin, 24:37
Ronald Gill, 29:46

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